Malcolm Jenkins: “It is unfortunate because I considered you a friend, I looked up to you, and somebody who I had a great deal of respect for. But Sometimes you should shut the f*ck up.”
NFL veteran Malcolm Jenkins had some strong words for his new teammate Drew Brees, as the three-time Pro Bowl safety lashed out against Brees’ recent comments regarding his steadfast opposition to players kneeling during the National Anthem during a segment that discussed Colin Kaepernick's notorious protest.
Brees’ name went viral on Wednesday after this portion of the interview was revealed.
“I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country. Let me just tell what I see or what I feel when the national anthem is played and when I look at the flag of the United States. I envision my two grandfathers, who fought for this country during World War II, one in the Army and one in the Marine Corp. Both risking their lives to protect our country and to try to make our country and this world a better place. So every time I stand with my hand over my heart looking at that flag and singing the national anthem, that’s what I think about. And in many cases, that brings me to tears, thinking about all that has been sacrificed. Not just those in the military, but for that matter, those throughout the civil rights movements of the ‘60s, and all that has been endured by so many people up until this point. And is everything right with our country right now? No, it is not. We still have a long way to go. But I think what you do by standing there and showing respect to the flag with your hand over your heart, is it shows unity. It shows that we are all in this together, we can all do better and that we are all part of the solution.”
Jenkins said of Brees ‘I considered you a friend, somebody I looked up to, and somebody who I had a great deal of respect for, but sometimes you should shut the f*ck up.’
Jenkins signed a four-year, $32 million deal with the Saints on March 23rd.